Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

Three people chose this as a favourite problem. It is the sort of problem that needs thinking time - but once the connection is made it gives access to many similar ideas.

A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.

Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number...

Explore the factors of the numbers which are written as 10101 in different number bases. Prove that the numbers 10201, 11011 and 10101 are composite in any base.

Given any 3 digit number you can use the given digits and name another number which is divisible by 37 (e.g. given 628 you say 628371 is divisible by 37 because you know that 6+3 = 2+7 = 8+1 = 9). . . .

Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?

When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.

Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.

115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?

What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

Twice a week I go swimming and swim the same number of lengths of the pool each time. As I swim, I count the lengths I've done so far, and make it into a fraction of the whole number of lengths I. . . .

The sum of the first 'n' natural numbers is a 3 digit number in which all the digits are the same. How many numbers have been summed?

How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?

List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?

I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2. Can you find my number?

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

The number 8888...88M9999...99 is divisible by 7 and it starts with the digit 8 repeated 50 times and ends with the digit 9 repeated 50 times. What is the value of the digit M?

Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.

What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A

Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?

Find the smallest positive integer N such that N/2 is a perfect cube, N/3 is a perfect fifth power and N/5 is a perfect seventh power.

Can you find what the last two digits of the number $4^{1999}$ are?

What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?

Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?

Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.

Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.

I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?

The nth term of a sequence is given by the formula n^3 + 11n . Find the first four terms of the sequence given by this formula and the first term of the sequence which is bigger than one million. . . .

The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?

Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?

The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.

Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.

Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.

Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)

Data is sent in chunks of two different sizes - a yellow chunk has 5 characters and a blue chunk has 9 characters. A data slot of size 31 cannot be exactly filled with a combination of yellow and. . . .